This locally common fish is widespread and well adaptive to impounded waters, its popularity on foodfish and ornamental and obtained both from wild caught and cultured. This species is abundant in all suitable habitats, it is assessed as Least Concern.
The species is widely distributed from the lower Mekong basin (Cambodia and Viet Nam) to the Mae Khlong in Thailand, and the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia (Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan (e.g., the Kapuas River; Kottelat and Widjanarti 2005). The species has been widely introduced to several countries for aquaculture purposes. Apparently absent in Sarawak and presence in Sabah may be due to relatively late introductions.
Cambodia; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah - Present - Origin Uncertain); Singapore; Thailand; Viet Nam